There was a rising outcry on the price of doing a COVID-19 take a look at in Nigeria particularly by these returning to the nation.
COVID-19 take a look at continues to be on the centre of dialogue within the outbreak of the virus within the nation.
Nigeria has had low variety of checks when in comparison with different African international locations, who’ve recorded a excessive an infection charge on the continent.
Whereas the Nigerian Authorities has given a lot of causes for the low checks accomplished, the price of COVID-19 take a look at is also mentioned to be an element.
Within the warmth of the outbreak in Africa, all international locations ensured checks have been being accomplished freely with no fees supplied one had been uncovered to contaminated individuals or have signs of the virus.
That is largely on account of aids acquired from worldwide our bodies and international international locations.
Nevertheless, when the an infection charge started to subside and lockdown measures relaxed, international locations started charging people who wanted to take the take a look at.
In Nigeria, people who desired a COVID-19 take a look at or free certificates should pay the sum of N50,954 to be examined.
This fee additionally applies to nationals returning to the nation as they’re compelled to take a COVID-19 take a look at earlier than they board a flight house.
Whereas the checks are being accomplished free in some African international locations, others require residents to pay for the take a look at.
In Nigeria and another international locations, the take a look at is being accomplished free in government-owned centres for folks in danger whereas nationals, who want the take a look at for personal use pay for the take a look at.
Morocco fees as a lot as $136, which is the best charge for COVID-19 take a look at on the continent.
That is adopted carefully by Nigeria the place nationals should pay $131 to be examined.
South Africa has recorded the best variety of COVID-19 circumstances and President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged that it was as a result of the nation launched into huge testing.
The nation now fees $71 for testing in personal centres whereas it’s nonetheless free at authorities centres.
Egypt fees $30 for the take a look at whereas Uganda launched a $65 take a look at charge for COVID-19, which turned efficient from September 1, 2020.
Kenya runs the take a look at for $47 whereas with $94, a person will likely be examined for COVID-19 in Algeria.
COVID-19 take a look at stays free in international locations like Madagascar, Sudan and Cameroon.
In guaranteeing huge COVID-19 checks on the continent, rich people from Invoice Gates to Twitter’sJack Dorsey donated take a look at kits to African international locations.
Jack Ma, founding father of on-line retailer Alibaba, donated over a million take a look at kits to Africa.
Additionally, Tony Elumelu’s UBA gave a donation of $14m by the UBA Basis to fight the virus in Africa.